Top Tips for a Spring Road Trip
As the worst of the British winter weather starts to recede, many of us start to think about taking to the road for more of a pleasure trip than simply getting from A to B. As such, planning a road trip for some time in March or April is on the list of things to do for many people. With the improved weather, a road trip can be that much more appealing and a great way of getting out and about whilst still remaining free to roam where you please. When organising a spring road trip, there are some tips that you can follow which will make your time away that much more pleasant.
Check The Weather Report
Before heading off to a certain destination listen to the car’s radio for an in-depth weather report. After all, you can always alter your route on a road trip to make sure you hit the places where it is least likely to be raining. April showers are notorious, so be prepared to make last minute adjustments to your plans so that driving on the country roads remains fun and not a chore.
Avoid The Easter Traffic
On Good Friday and Eater Monday, many of the UK’s arterial roads become overrun with traffic as people get to the holiday homes. The M6, M25, M5, A1 and A303 all tend to be bottle necks over the Easter weekend and either side of it, depending on how the school holidays fall. When taking a road trip, try to avoid travel on these days or stick to a more modest route which is out of the way.
Tune-Up Your Car
Once all the planning is done, it’s time to ensure that your vehicle is in working order and will not give you any trouble while you’re on the road. Many of us are capable of doing quick fixes for our cars ourselves but it is strongly recommended that you seek the services of a qualified mechanic to inspect the lights, fluids, air conditioning, battery and brakes.
Check The Car’s Tyres
Over winter wear and tear can occur on any vehicle. Car tyres come under a lot of strain during winters. Remember to check the tyre pressure and tread depth very carefully, not just for the smooth drive but also for the safety of the vehicle and the lives of the people inside. Replace the tyres, if necessary, and choose a good, long-lasting brand of car tyres, such as Michelin tyres, which you can reserve online at your nearest depot through Point S website and will save you money in the long run.
Check the Car Seat
Don’t forget to install car seats if you are traveling with kids. According to a research, eight out of ten parents unintentionally do not install the car seats properly which puts the kids at a high risk of injury. Take your time with this step and make sure the seats are properly installed.
Beware Of The Sun
In spring time, the sun can stay low in the sky for extended periods, both at dawn and at twilight. If you happen to be driving either east or west respectively at such times, then it can be tricky to see exactly where you are going and to make sure that you are not too close to the car in front. A pair of good quality UV filtering sunglasses can help no end with this particular problem and help to make sure that you drive safely.